Jon Ray – 94.7 WCSX
August 29, 2015
What a long, strange and fun trip it’s been for Jon Ray. Jon joined the Greater Media family in 1982, and he’s seen a thing or two or three change over the years. The one constant is the amazing things that Jon has seen that teamwork can accomplish. “I feel great coming to work for WCSX every day, knowing that I’m working with the most phenomenal staff in town,” he said.
From an early age, Jon knew he wanted a career in radio. He enjoyed listening to a variety of DJs on his AM transistor radio, and he just knew that would be a fun job to have.
He got his chance in the early ’80s when he joined Greater Media’s Honey Radio as a board operator. He recalled that some of his favorite memories with Honey were the parties they threw for fans—parties with performers like Motown legends Martha Reeves, The Four Tops and The Temptations!
In his time with Greater Media, Jon has worked under five different sets of call letters: WHND, WMJC, WGRV, WMGC and WCSX.
Today, as the Music Director of WCSX-FM, Jon continues to play a vital role on the team that is delivering great ratings results. “I’ve always liked music, but Classic Rock is special to me. It’s what I grew up listening to,” Jon shared.
There is one thing he especially loves about his job: “It’s the challenge of crafting the music log each day. My goal is to make sure that I’m always building in those moments of surprise for listeners. I like to imagine them going ‘Wow!’ when a certain song plays.”
No stranger to change, Jon believes that social media has really changed the way he and the whole team look at their jobs: “Instead of just having five or 10 phone lines we could answer to talk with listeners, we now know that we have an unending number of ways to communicate, one to one, with fans. It has really helped us not only understand them better, but having that personal access to listeners challenges us to deliver them the best experience possible both on and off the air.”
When not busy at the WCSX-FM offices or at a station event and the weather is right, you may find Jon on a golf course or heading out on a 20-mile bike ride with friends.
We’re proud to salute Jon Ray for his dedication to making WCSX-FM and Greater Media Detroit great.